Roma Lear is a Froebel-trained teacher and started her career by working with children in hospital wards. Her creativity and enthusiasm led her to devise toys and games to amuse children with specific needs, and some of these ideas were later developed into toys which could also have a therapeutic use. She established one of the first Toy Libraries (for children with special needs) in the UK. She was involved with local playgroups, and over the years became a home tutor to many children who, for various reasons were unable to attend school. She gained Distinction in the City and Guilds Toy-making Qualification and spent several years as the toy and teaching equipment maker at large hospital for children and adults with multiple disabilities. Roma is an international expert on the subject of homemade toys and play ideas for children with disabilities and lectures worldwide.